The Feynan Ecolodge: Stargazing and Coffee with the Bedouin in the Desert in Jordan

Beneath the light of the stars in the desert sands of Jordan, I discovered that some things always stay the same. Here’s my story of a night with the Bedouin in Jordan while staying at the groundbreaking Feynan Ecolodge. Read on for the full Feynan Ecolodge review. Stargazing at…

Jordan – Transformative Travel Destination

The Transformative Power of Jordan Climbing the holy mountain changed my life. It wasn’t an especially hard climb – there are paths to the top, temperatures were high but comfortable, and my guide was kind and responsive – but Jordan can do that, delivering an unexpected bolt of emotion that knocks your preconceptions sideways. …

PHOTO: Wadi Rum in Jordan, Also Known as “Valley of the Moon”

This photo perfectly portrays why the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum in Jordan are often referred to as the Valley of the Moon. The the jaw-dropping view above was just a few steps from my traditional goatskin tent at Desert Rose Camp, which occupied high spot atop a rock outcropping. An occasional camel ambled by and the odd jeep kicked up a column of dust as it delivered visitors to one of the campsites scattered around Wadi Rum. Mostly, the vista was of shifting sands in myriad colors… The post PHOTO: Wadi Rum in Jordan, Also …

What Biblical Sites are in Jordan?

What Biblical Sites are in Jordan? I remember the first time I traveled to the East coast in the US. I distinctly remember saying to myself, “Woah, this building was built in the 1700s!” Then I moved to Jordan where everything is old. We’ve got stuff from the book of Genesis for Heaven’s sake! When considering a Jordan tour, most people interested in the …

One Week in Jordan – Travel Itinerary

Nothing had prepared me for how spectacular Jordan is, and perhaps part of the intense experience of visiting now is the unique feeling you have as you roam through its ancient sites almost seemingly devoid of other people. Tourism has fallen dramatically since 2011, but unlike some of its surrounding countries, Jordan is safe to visit. Day one: Amman After taking a cab from the airport to your hotel, drop …

Why Travel to Jordan? Why taking a Jordan tour is a must

Why Travel to Jordan? Like you, I have personally experienced the transformative power of travel. This is one of the reasons I settled in Jordan; a small country with amazing sites, limitless potential for adventure, and some of the friendliest people on the planet. Travel magazines are now highlighting Jordan as a must visit destination for many of these reasons…

Climbing in Wadi Rum – Jordan Tour

A tour of Wadi Rum, Jordan is an adventures’ dream. I once sat in a Bedouin tent with British mountaineers who have climbed around the world. “Wadi Rum is our favorite place to come back to,” one said. Jabal Khazali Jabal (Arabic for “mountain”) Khazali is one of the first stops on a jeep tour of the Wadi Rum desert. A beautiful slit …

Stargazing in Wadi Rum (As Told by GIFs of The Lion King)

The Wadi Rum desert in southern Jordan is an out-of-this-world experience. From the red sand and seemingly endless landscape of high mountains, to the nighttime silence and clear skies, there are not many places or experiences that can beat it. A special aspect of visiting the Wadi Rum is the ability to see a clear …

The Best Cook I Met in Jordan

When I visited Jordan in May, my wife and three of our friends stayed with Um Mahmoud and her family and learned of her passion and talent for culinary arts. “Cooking is comfortable to me,” Um Mahmoud told us. “I’m able to cook many dishes at the same time. “I enjoy teaching others how to make food with me, learn how to make jams, make thyme and how to cook…

Photo of the Week: Rock Bridge in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Rock Bridge in Wadi Rum, Jordan Today’s travel photo was captured while on a jeep safari through the rocky desert plains of Wadi Rum in southern Jordan. One of the stops on our tour was to this spectacular rock bridge that stretches 15 meters above ground. There are several natural arches and rock bridges in Wadi Rum. I believe this one is called Jabal …

An Unlikely Beach Getaway – Aqaba, Jordan

Most visitors to Jordan go for the Rose City of Petra and maybe Wadi Rum or even the Dead Sea. For international visitors, at least ones not into the diving scene, a beach vacation not only doesn’t make the list, I think most people would be shocked to learn that it’s even possible. After two visits to the Red Sea resort town of Aqaba, Jordan though, I can confirm that not only is it possible, it’s also a lot of fun and a nice departure from the desert experiences found in the rest of the country.Diver’s paradiseI’m…

Bedouin Guide In Petra, Jordan

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Broken Pieces in Jordan

Amman, Jordan “People want to talk to me a lot,” he said, as blue and yellow danced across the coffee from the stained glass windows overhead. “Because I’m a Christian,” he went on, “and am interested in political science. “And because I live in Madaba, Jordan – and because that’s in the Middle East.” Christianity in Jordan Elias joined us as we finished our lunch, bringing a pistachio sprinkled dessert called …

Visiting Petra in Jordan – Video Blog

Good day, I’ve been lucky enough to visit Petra, Jordan twice now and I’m here to tell you that I was just as awe-struck the second time as I was the first. They were just different because the first time I was kinda in disbelief that I was even there. This time, I appreciated it more and revisited some of my favorite places.  Without a doubt, the monastery is something I think …